One of the most powerful champagnes you will taste, it is an Iconic luxury Cuvee which is only produced in small quantities. It comes from only three walled vineyards totalling only 36 acres near Ay in France with Grand Cru status and is propagated using the rare “Marcottage” method. Vines that have produced fruit the previous season are bent back into the ground, leaving just three buds showing, eventually new roots form and the buds produce new fruit cane, then it is severed from its parent plant. These small yields (only 3,766 numbered bottles from the 2000 series) from quality mature fruit are produced solely from these grapes and are not a blend, but a totally separate cuvee. The name Vielles stands for “old” but not as an age of the wine but as a method of planting. This latest Bollinger is a 100% Pinot Noir, fermented in aged oak barrels for over six months which is unusual for champagne and has an all-around flavour and excellent vinosity. The nose is perfumed with essence of peach, minerals and herbs. The palate is of red apple and wild strawberry and complimented by a buttery croissant and montrachat like creaminess.